Florida Vacation Days 9 and 10

Dear Readers,

Yesterday we had a fantastic time at Animal Kingdom. We saw many animals, watched great shows like Finding Nemo The Musical and Festival of The Lion King, and went on a few rides.

Lots of walking and checking out everything. We took the Maharajah Jungle Trek where we saw pacing tigers, magnificent wild birds of every size and hue and saw huge winged bats hanging from branches.We all went on the Kilimanjaro Safari Tours in the morning and then again in the evening. My husband and his mom went on the Mt. Everest rollercoaster. My daughter did a scavenger hunt for badges and ended up with 22 by the end of the day and learned a lot about animal and habitat conservation into the bargain.

Of all the things we saw though, the Okapi was the most spectacular. I hadn’t seen another one since I was very young and living in Africa, so it was a real treat to be so close to one and get so many shots and videos.

Today was Magic Kingdom. We all went on Splash Mountain, my daughter and husband went on Space Mountain, we all saw Mickey’s Philharmagic in the 4D theatre, my daughter and husband went on the Crazy Tea Party teacup ride, Prince Charming’s Castle and we all went on Haunted Mansion as well as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride.

I really enjoyed our tour of the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse. I took many, many more pictures than those below, but these few give you an idea of the incredible attention to detail that was put in this. I’m guessing the creation of this particular attraction had to have taken a couple years at least.


One ride I have always wanted to go on was Pirates of The Caribbean. Well, let me tell you, if that was the only ride in all of Disney World, I would be okay with going on it over and over again. What a blast!

My daughter and husband went on Aladdin’s Magic Carpet ride, we saw The Enchanted Tiki Room show as well as enjoyed going on It’s A Small World twice, and we saw the Main Street Festival Parade.

We did so many rides and shows that it’s all a bit of a blur. Thank goodness for digital cameras. My daughter also got to be in a play and met Belle. We took the Jungle Trek by boat and got to listen to some cheesy puns while seeing some great animatronic animals. That was a lot of fun.


We pretty much did every ride we wanted except Peter Pan’s Flight, The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Big Thunder Mountain. We saw Pluto from a distance as well as Minnie and when we came in the gate, we were able to watch the tail end of That’s How You Know from Enchanted. The Main Street Festival Parade near Cinderella’s castle was pretty cool. At one point we also decided to climb all over The Swiss Family Robinson tree house and see all the props from the movie right up close. Well, replicas but it was still pretty cool. My favourite ride in Magic Kingdom was The Pirates of the Caribbean. By far the best ride in the park in my opinion.

I would say without a doubt that Magic Kingdom is the crown jewel of Disney World. There was so much to do and see and I could have easily gone back for a second day.

We ended our day with a ferry ride back to the mainland, just as the sun was setting. Here are a few pictures, some clear, some not so clear, but all evoking memories already.

Tomorrow we go to Hollywood Studios and we’re talking about Epcot on Thursday. Sorry this is a short post, but my daughter is just finishing her bath and I need to get her to bed. Tomorrow is another crazy, awesome day.

Until next time, keep dreaming and never give up!

Amy McGuire


About Author Amy McGuire

Author of The Heart's Discovery, a YA Romance novel set mostly in British Columbia with a brief foray into Quito, Ecuador. Also the mother of a bubbly second grade redhead who adores turquoise, and wife to a very patient man. She lives in Toronto, the inspiration for so many of her place names and characters.
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